Allium sativum 'Solent Wight'

Allium sativum ‘Solent Wight’


  • Botanical name: Allium sativum 'Solent Wight'
  • Common name: Garlic
  • Family: Alliaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
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Garlic, Allium sativum, adds depth and vibrancy to a variety of dishes, including Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Asian cuisines. Given a fertile, sunny site, it’s easy to grow, and you’ll be rewarded with large, strong-flavoured bulbs that will last well into autumn.


Garlic falls into two basic types: hardneck and softneck. Hardneck varieties generally produce larger bulbs and have a more intense ‘garlicky’ flavour than softneck varieties, but don’t store as well.

Plant garlic in either spring or autumn – simply separate the cloves of the bulb and plant them individually at a depth of 5cm, spacing them 10cm apart. If you garden on heavier soils, it’s worth growing garlic in raised beds, or raising the cloves in modular trays first, to transplant at a later date.


Bred in Britain especially for our colder climate, softneck garlic Allium sativum ‘Solent Wight’ bears bulbs with exceptional flavour. They also store well into winter. 

How to grow Allium 'Solent Wight'

  • Plant size

    60cm height

    15cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline

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A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Allium 'Solent Wight' and wildlife

Allium 'Solent Wight' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Allium 'Solent Wight' poisonous?

Allium 'Solent Wight' can be toxic.

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Toxic to Cats

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No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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